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In-District Meetings in Missouri and Kansas

Credit union advocates are busy meeting with federal and state lawmakers, as well as candidates, across Kansas and Missouri during the legislative recesses and in advance of the August 2 state primaries.

From left: David Caster (First Community Credit Union), Larry Sewell (Anheuser-Busch Employees' Credit Union), Steve Poniewaz (First Missouri Credit Union), U.S. Rep. Wagner, Laura Alfeldt (First Community Credit Union), Patrick Adams (St. Louis Community Credit Union), Lisa Farnen (Electro Savings Credit Union), Charlie Waalkes (Anheuser-Busch Employees' Credit Union), and Linda Russo (American Eagle Credit Union) From left: Jane Hammil (Wichita Federal Credit Union), Chris Wolgamott (Meritrust Credit Union), Lynn Rogers, Kansas Senate District 25 candidate, Mya Wilson (Heartland Credit Union), and Jim Holt, (Mid American Credit Union)

U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO District 2) met with credit union leaders serving members in her district at American Eagle Credit Union in St. Louis on July 28. The discussion focused on regulatory relief, including credit union support for the recently introduced Financial CHOICE Act and its repeal of the Durbin amendment regarding debit interchange fees. Wagner serves on the U.S. House Financial Services Committee, which must vote on the bill before it heads to the House.

The group also discussed data security, preserving the credit union tax status within any tax reform efforts, and credit union efforts in the community.

“Visiting with Congresswoman Wagner is always time well spent,” said Laura Alfeldt, First Community Credit Union (Chesterfield, MO), who attended the meeting. “She is a friend to credit unions and understands that the financial services we offer our members are a real and valuable alternative to them.”

Other St. Louis-area credit unions and organizations represented at the meeting include American Eagle Credit Union, Anheuser-Busch Employees’ Credit Union, Electro Savings Credit Union, First Missouri Credit Union, St. Louis Community Credit Union, and Heartland Credit Union Association.

In Kansas, credit union leaders discussed issues with Lynn Rogers, Democratic candidate for Kansas Senate District 25 and a former credit union volunteer and board member. Jane Hammil, Wichita Federal Credit Union (Wichita, KS), Chris Wolgamott, Meritrust Credit Union (Wichita, KS), Mya Wilson, Heartland Credit Union (Wichita, KS), and Jim Holt, Mid American Credit Union (Wichita, KS) took part in the meeting.

Mike Augustine (Frontier Community Credit Union) met with Kansas Rep. Tony Barton (R-Leavenworth), pictured at far left, and House Majority Whip Willie Dove (R-Bonner Springs), pictured at far right.

Mike Augustine, Frontier Community Credit Union (Leavenworth, KS), met with Leavenworth area lawmakers, including Kansas Rep. Tony Barton (R-Leavenworth) and House Majority Whip Willie Dove (R-Bonner Springs). Both serve on the Kansas House Insurance and Financial Services Committee.

In addition to ongoing meetings with state lawmakers and candidates, the HCUA Advocacy team is working to set up in-district meetings with federal lawmakers in Kansas and Missouri during August and October. If you would like to be included in specific visits, please contact Amy McLard.

Meeting with Senator Blunt Staff Member

Credit union leaders are invited to participate in a meeting with U.S. Senator Roy Blunt’s (R-MO) financial services staff member, Courtney Houston-Carter. This meeting provides an opportunity to discuss key credit union concerns with a member of Senator Blunt’s Capitol Hill staff who is familiar with our issues, without having to travel to Washington, D.C. Here are the details:

Date: August 17
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: First Community Credit Union
17151 Chesterfield Airport Road
Chesterfield, MO 63005
RSVP: Email Amy McLard before 5 p.m., August 12

​HCUA will send briefing materials in advance of the meeting.